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      India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) enjoy strong bonds of friendship based on age-old cultural, religious and economic ties between the two nations. The relationship continued to flourish after the accession of H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1966 and subsequently with the creation of the UAE Federation in 1971. The Cultural Agreement of 1975 provides the basic framework for cooperation in the field of culture.

      The importance of intensifying cultural interaction between the two countries was reinforced during the visit of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi to the United Arab Emirates in August 2015. During the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to India in February 2016 when Cultural Exchange Programme 2016-18 was signed. UAE participated in Kochi Muziris Biennale in Kerala in 2016 and contributed in making the event a grand success.

      January 2017 marked a momentous occasion in the warm and friendly relations between India and the UAE when as the honoured Chief Guest at India's 68th Republic Day celebrations His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces witnessed the cultural diversity of India in its entire splendor at Rajpath in New Delhi.

      India has been declared as the ‘Guest of honor country’ for the prestigious 15th Abu Dhabi Festival (ADF) to be held in March 2018 in Abu Dhabi. The Festival will be held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance. ADF 2018 will be a month long festival celebrating art and culture and selection of India as Guest of Honor country is significant in 2018 being celebrated as the ‘Year of Zayed’. Indian Artists of eminence will participate at the event and the highlights are:

      The Merchants of Bollywood’ an Indian theatrical extravaganza; ‘We The Living’ a classical Indian dance inspired by Rumi’s ‘The Human Being’ by Tanusree Shankar Dance Academy; Performance of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, one of the 20th century’s greatest masters of Sarod; Workshops by Gilles Chuyen, who has been trained in France in Folk, Modern Ballet and Contemporary dance styles and as choreographer and works extensively with Bollywood; and collaboration between Rajeev Kumar and UAE’s Mohammed Mandi, both eminent calligraphists, from India and UAE respectively. Umm AL Emarat Park will showcase ‘The Raghu Dixit Project’ one of India’s most exciting live acts with some of the finest musicians.

      The Mission on its part encourages and facilitates Indian associations to organize diverse cultural performances and facilities such as auditorium to hold such events, celebrates events like International Day of Yoga, anniversaries of important national personalities, showcases performances by troupes sent by ICCR from time to time. Almost all festivals are celebrated enthusiastically by the approximately 3.30 million Indians residing in the UAE. Screening of Indian feature and documentary films is organized and select few telecast.